Dark Knight Death Threats
''This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things'' is the title of an article written by Rotten Tomatoes editor Matt Atchity. For the few left who may not know, Rotten Tomatoes is a popular movie website that gives movies a certain score based on a collection of reviews.
One of the most anticipated movies of the year is the Christopher Nolan Batman sequel, Dark Knight Rises and editors knew from previous experience that there would be polarizing comments. However, after death and rape threats started to permeate the chat Rotten Tomatoes was forced to pull the entire segment from their website. Unprecedented. The editor explained his move in the article.
Full Atchity article, click here.
It has been noted that Warner Bros. is the studio behind the franchise and that Rotten Tomatoes is owned by Flixster, a Warner company. The RT editor assured readers this had nothing to do with pressure from head office and I believe him. RT has a group of editors that monitor all entries but apparently the volume became so overwhelming they went with the "nuclear option" and took it all down.
Can you imagine, detractors and defenders of the Batman movie resorting to death and rape threats? IT'S A MOVIE!! Granted there are "professional antagonists" that enjoy poking around sensitive areas and I imagine many of them feel safe behind their keyboards.
Rotten Tomatoes made the right decision in removing the hate speak. Personal opinions are one thing, personal attacks are another. Further, the website is now considering adding more accountability to their site (which we have done at the radio station) so that haters, spammers and the like can't just take over what you're trying to offer, at least not anonymously.
Though there already have been premieres and sneak previews, the movie itself doesn't even open until Friday (7/20/12). LEAVE COMMENTS.
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